Madan Plastics adds two big Van Dorns
CRANFORD, N.J. — Madan Plastics Inc. started up two new, large Van Dorn presses earlier this month at its Cranford headquarters and plant.
The privately held firm bought 770- and 880-ton presses to upgrade its molding capacity, general manager Michael Madan said in a telephone interview. It also sold two aging Natco presses with similar tonnages, to make room for the new models. Madan did not disclose the cost of the new equipment.
Madan Plastics' 15 presses, with clamping forces of 80-880 tons, mold commodity and engineering resins for various industries, including point-of-purchase display, cosmetics, and materials and food handling.
In-house at Cranford, Madan Plastics also offers secondary operations, such as assembly, hot stamping, painting and electroplating. It currently outsources electroplating. Until several years ago, Madan said, the company did its own electroplating internally, and learned the tricks of molding for this process.
He did not provide sales figures for the 42-year-old company.
Firm's HDPE pallet now hitting market
NEWARK, DEL. — Plasti-Pallets Corp. of Newark has developed a blow molded high density polyethylene pallet.
Although PPC has been researching the stackable, repairable pallet for six years and has been in business for three years, its pallet is just now hitting the marketplace.
``We wanted a pallet that was under 40 pounds and acted just like the wood ones — repairable by component,'' said Rick Tadlock, PPC engineering adviser and board member. ``We think we have it with this product.''
The University of Mississippi is testing the pallets under International Organization for Standardization and ASTM standards. The pallets can be made from virgin or recycled HDPE, or a blend of the two materials.
The pallets, which are assembled like wooden ones, are available in a range of sizes. The components can be molded solid or with hollow channels so rods can be inserted to offset bending, Tadlock said.
PPC has five employees. The firm builds its tools, then contracts the molding to various processors across the country. It has a goal of having 50,000 pallets in a closed-loop system within a year.
The company already has sold about 2,000-3,000 units.
Tadlock and PPC President Carmen Micuccio said they hope to tap the pallet market by selling more wood pallet makers on converting to plastic.
Engel press boosts capacity at Infinity
EL PASO, TEXAS — Infinity Plastics, a custom injection molder, began operating a new, 1,500-ton Engel molding machine in early June. The machine will cost more than $700,000.
The El Paso company, which started last July, has nine injection molding machines with clamping forces of 300-1,000 tons. The operation employs about 40 and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The company will not be adding employees or space as a result of the new press.
With larger corporations moving in the area, Infinity can gain an edge on other molders by producing large parts locally, according to a spokesman.
Infinity is a tight-tolerance molder and assembler of large parts serving the international computer monitor, consumer electronics and automotive industries.
Siegel-Robert Inc. Automotive and Appliance Group of St. Louis won Modern Plastics' award for design and engineering in the gas-assist and coinjection category. The winning part was the exterior side mirror assembly for the 1997 GM U-Van utilizing Battenfeld coinjection equipment.